Does Drinking Alcohol Cause Gout?

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Is Alcohol a Large Contributor of Uric Acid in Your Body?

Alcohol is rich in purine which increases* the level of uric acid in the body. Alcohol is usually converted to lactic acid in the body. Lactic acid inhibits the excretion of uric acid from the kidney through urine resulting to high levels of uric acid in the body. Alcohol also causes high levels of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which is then converted to Adenosine Disphosphate (ADP). ADP creates uric acid in the body. Taking alcohol put you at risk of gout.

What Role Does Alcohol Play in Causing Gout?

Gout is as a result of excess uric acid in the body which is deposited in the joints. Alcohol increases* the levels of uric acid in the body which is then deposited in the joints in form of urate crystals. The urate crystals cause growth in the joints. Alcohol also contains ethanol which increases* the production of uric acid in the body. High levels of uric acid in the body cause gout.

Beer and Gout

Beer and Gout

The higher the amount of beer you take, the higher the risk of getting gout. Studies have shown that people who take beer are at high risk of gout than those who do not take beer. Research has also shown that the non-alcoholic factors in beer such as purine put you at risk of gout.

Why are My Gout Attacks Still Occurring, is it Because My Uric Acid Level is High?

Gout attacks can occur frequently especially when you have a kidney problem which makes it difficult to excrete excess uric acid through urine. The food you eat can also cause trigger gout attack. Foods which contain purine are susceptible to gout attacks.

What Medicine Should You Take When You Have Gout Attack?

There are medications which can help when you to manage gout attacks. These medicines include:

  • Non- Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – These drugs help in reducing* joint swellings, pain, and inflammation. NSAIDs are usually taken orally. Examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, and celecoxib. Naproxen is among the safest NSAIDs because of its efficacy and less side effects on the heart. NSAIDs should not be taken by people who have liver problems, bleeding problems, stomach ulcers, and people who use anticoagulants.
  • Colchicine – Low doses of colchicine help in treating acute gout. Excess dosage of colchicine can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.
  • Corticosteroids – These are anti-inflammatory steroids that are effective in treating acute gout flare-ups. Examples of corticosteroids used in treating gout include prednisolone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. Corticosteroids can be injected directly to the affected area as intramuscular injections or taken as pills.

Can bi Polar be Caused by Alcohol Abuse?

Bi-polar disorder or manic depression is a mental disorder that causes shift in moods, ability to function, and energy. Most people who have bi-polar disorder engage in alcoholism. It is not clear whether alcohol cause bi-polar disorder. Alcohol worsens the condition of people who have bi-polar disorder.

The factors that have been associated with bi-polar disorder include:

  • Depression and Anxiety – People who are depressed might turn to alcoholism. These usually worsen the symptoms of bi-polar disorder after a long period of alcohol intake.
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Genetic Traits – Bi-polar disorder can be passed down in the family through genes. Many people who have bi-polar disorder had or have a family member who has the disorder.
  • Mania – This is a state which makes someone to have irritable moods, high energy levels and elevated arousal. This state can make people have wrong judgement and also lead to substance abuse.

What Research Has Been Done on Gout and Alcohol?

Research has shown that alcohol such as beer contains purine and high intake of alcohol can increase* the risk of having gout. Another research has shown that beverages that have sweeteners can also increase* your risk of gout.

How to Cure* Symptoms of Gout?

The treatment for gout is directed toward the symptoms. Dosage of NSAIDs such as naproxen, indomethacin can help in reducing* the symptoms. Other medicines that can be used to treat* gout include colchicine; which inhibits the production of uric acid, and steroids which reduce* pain and inflammation.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.